Survey: Only 38% of Healthcare Organizations Have Mobile Technology Policies in Place

While 97 percent of healthcare organizations use a mobile device to access information, only 38 percent have a mobile technology policy in place, according to a report by mHIMSS, the mobile health division of the Health Information and Management Systems Society.

The 2011 HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey, HIMSS' first annual survey of this kind, includes responses from 164 people who are responsible in some way for mobile technology at their healthcare organization.

Although the majority of healthcare organizations do not have mobile technology policies in place currently, approximately half are in the process of developing a policy and two-thirds plan to have new policies in place in the next six months.

Other important findings include the following:
•    Respondents were most likely to report that clinicians at their organizations use apps to look up non-personal health information or to view patient information compared to recording patient data.
•    Respondents said the key benefits of mobile technology at their healthcare organizations are improved access to patient information and the ability to access data from a remote location.
•    Inadequate privacy and security were the barriers to mobile technology most frequently mentioned by respondents. The top concern reported to respondents by clinicians was the speed of accessing data.

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